The Anxiety of Everyday Objects

The Anxiety of Everyday Objects

Book - 2004
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In her absorbing debut novel, Sheehan’s depiction of the working girl’s life in the big city is as charming as it is inspiring. Single, not yet thirty, and devoted companion to her dignified cat, Fruit Bat, Winona Bartlett is a secretary at a New York City law firm. Though she finds a certain security in the rituals of her demandingly undemanding job, Winona’s real ambition is to be a filmmaker. And her romantic life is a mess. When a new lawyer—a blind woman named Sandy Spires—joins the firm and challenges Winona to trust her own creative ideas, Winona is encouraged to try to be more than just a “non-filmmaking filmmaker.” But it eventually becomes clear that the enigmatic Sandy isn’t who she said she is. After her real motives are uncovered, Winona begins to understand what it means to take risks in life and in love.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780142003701
Branch Call Number: FIC SHE
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 26, 2010

If you've ever had a dream but found yourself slugging it out at a "day job," to the point where if someone were stalking you, they'd probably not be able to decipher your dreams, you will sympathize with the protagonist. I have to say though, that I found it a hard read as a phonological-based dyslexic. I actually write with very complex sentence structures and have a rather large vocabulary from training/working as a writer/editor; however, even I struggled with some of her sentence structure and her erudite vocabulary (which I am not entirely certain a filmmaker would possess to such a degree - it really portrays how the AUTHOR has a PhD in literature). Granted, for most, I could discern intended meaning from context and my only debate was should I check for some subtle nuance, but it detracted from the novel. It was really a shame because otherwise, my rating would probably be a star higher: she has real style with her writing, thought out the details of the protagonist's life (including what a legal secretary does for lunch!) and had a wonderful conception and description of the "girl crush." Though the details might not reflect your life, I think every woman (maybe even men) would be able read this and think "I remember being there in my life: dreaming of more, stuck in the everyday and wishing I could be more like someone else." Lastly, I appreciate that the novel was about something OTHER than her romantic liaisons. Wionna may not feel that way, but she actually has the precursors of a full life. A wonderful portrait of one section of common life.

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